The game is over and the grades are in. So how did the Longhorns do in their final regular season game of the 2012 season?
Case McCoy was average last night. On the positive side, he made some throws that kept drives alive. On the negative side, he threw two interceptions that set up two Wildcat touchdowns. Overall, an average night.
I have to say that Jonathan Gray going up the middle is a bad idea. The 1 to 2 yard gains on first down runs were very predictable. Malcolm Brown finally got involved in the game and got a touchdown. But 30 rushes for 99 yards isn’t getting it done.
Although Mike Davis wasn’t nearly as involved in the game, they made plays and kept drives alive for the Longhorns. Daje Johnson got very involved in the game and made his presence felt. DJ Monroe made some contributions as well. They did everything they could to help win the game for the Longhorns.
Pass protection was okay at times. Run blocking was atrocious. Average all night.
The defense played its best half of the year in the first half. The problem was they didn’t anticipate the adjustments that Kansas State would make at halftime. The first two drives, Kansas State just pounded the ball all the way down the field. Then on the third drive, Kansas State hit a playaction pass to Tyler Lockett that went for a touchdown. Kansas State had an answer the second for everything the Texas Longhorns defense did. So, overall it was a good night but if they would’ve made some adjustments, they would have won the game.
Give the coaches credit for great gameplan that would be successful against Kansas State. But no adjustments were made second that led to the downfall of the Longhorns. Coach Harsin got touches to DJ Monroe and Daje Johnson but not enough again when it mattered the most.
The Longhorns needed this week and when you play a team like Kansas State, they have to take care of the football. The Longhorns had 3 turnovers and all were on the the Longhorns’ side of the 50 yard line. You can talk about will and motivation all you want but it boils down to one thing.
Inconsistency at Quarterback and defense. Football is an easy game to understand but complex enough to create innovation every day. But throughout the history of Football, one thing remains the same.
You win championships with a great quarterback and good defense.
Texas doesn’t have either. Until that changes, there will always be disappointment surrounding the Texas Longhorns.